Fatal shooting by security guard at east Charlotte business was justified, CMPD says

Fatal shooting by security guard at east Charlotte business was justified, CMPD says

CHARLOTTE, NC (Jane Wester/The Charlotte Observer) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg homicide detectives have decided that the killing of Julian Anthony Harris, 32, was justified, police said Monday afternoon.

Harris was shot by a security guard at a sweepstakes business on Albemarle Road on Wednesday. Police said Harris and another man entered the business wearing masks, apparently planning to rob it.

Police said Harris pointed a handgun at staff members before the security guard shot him. Harris ran into the woods behind the business, where he was found dead, police said.

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The security guard, who has not been identified by police, was taken to CMPD headquarters on Wednesday and interviewed. He was released the same day.

The process isn't over, however – now, the Mecklenburg District Attorney's Office will review CMPD's investigation and make the final decision about whether the shooting was justified.